Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens review by Bahudda

reviewer#7760 date: Jul-30-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss - 135mm f1.8 ZA
Min - 100mm f2.0
Can - 200mm f2.8 L
Min - 35mm f2.0
Sony - 35mm f1.4 G
Sony - 50mm f1.4
price paid:
missing
positive:Light weight, sharp, color and contrast
negative:Didn't get one sooner
comment:This lens takes off where the 100f2 stops. It is a true contender to the Zeiss 135f1.8. It renders an image much like the 100f2 and has the richness of color of the 35f2. It is easily as sharp as the Canon 200f2.8L. The bokeh from this lens is smooth and buttery yet richer in color than the 135ZA.

This lens has a shorter MFD than its Canon equivalent. It also handles CA better wide open. I held on to my Canon gear because of the 200L and now I can move on with no regrets due to the 200G.

If you are into prime lenses and need a clean fast and wonderful 200mm then I recommend this lens without reservations.

PS - Thanks hooni.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 80
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.89
  • overall: 4.92
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